The Hofstra community will join universities and cultural organizations across the nation in a live-streamed read-a-thon of works by and about American abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass to commemorate his 201st birthday on Thursday, February 14 from 11AM-1PM in the First Floor, Main Lobby, Axinn Library.
Attendees will read excerpts from an address Douglass made to the National Convention of Colored Men in 1883, as well as a memoir written by his daughter, Rosetta Douglass Sprague, and a poem written by poet Robert Hayden about Douglass.
After the read-a-thon, participants will discuss the works read and how they relate to America’s contemporary political situation, followed by a cake and singing “Happy Birthday.”
“This event is about appreciating the contributions that Frederick Douglass, and authors and activists like him, made to American culture” said Keri Crocco, Douglass Day co-sponsor and instructional designer with Hofstra EdTech. “We’re excited that technology allows us to connect Hofstra to communities across the country who are also commemorating Douglass’ life through his literary works.”
The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice will be live-tweeting the event, providing real-time accounts of the activities.
The read-a-thon is co-sponsored by Hofstra EdTech; The Hofstra University Library; The Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice; The Hofstra University Museum of Art; and Colored Conventions Project.
This is Hofstra’s second year participating in the Douglass Day read-a-thon. A statue of Frederick Douglass sits on campus in front of Monroe Lecture Hall.